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Endure!

As you read 2 Timothy 2:11-13 a verse that is plain and simply put. You could even sing it, try the chorus of “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”, an old hymn, okay if you know me, music is not my forte. I may be completely wrong, but that song popped into my head, well the line “Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, Deeper than the mighty rolling sea.”

“11 Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;

12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;

13 if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”

As I read this verse I am reminded that I will need to endure, to be with Him forever. Looking back over my life, there are many moments that I remember missing the mark of what Christ wants from me. I so desire to live up to this standard and I often fall flat on my face. Very similar to the time I was playing outside one winter day, I put on dress shoes to slide on the ice better, but when I walked along the neighbors wall, I  slipped and landed flat on my face, with my left arm somewhere between. It was several days later that I found out I had fractured my left arm. I remember that three foot fall vividly. I feel, that fall when I let down God and do not endure. It is when I try to walk on the wall without the correct shoes, or being firm in the Gospel, see Ephesians 6:15. Throughout my Christian walk I understand know that no matter what, because we live in an imperfect world, I will suffer. With Him, I will endure.

Live it out loud.

Love,
Mark

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Mark | , , | Leave a comment

11/27 2 Timothy 3-4

Paul charges Timothy in Chapter 4 with several things.  First, always be prepared to preach the Word.  Second, be prepared to correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.  I think sometimes the last part of that can be the hardest.  Being careful and patient are not always strong traits for many of us.

1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

Then Paul warns of things to come.  Soon the truth of the gospel will be altered into something less, something watered down.  It will be changed to meet human standards.  It will become what they want it to be instead of what is really is.  The truth will no longer be taught.   We seen this in many different denominations today.  Hold fast to the truth, because it is the only path for the true Christian.

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

11/26 2 Timothy 1-2

In chapter 2, Paul goes into great deal about words and how we use them.  Not to quarrel because it brings no value.  Or godless chatter because it makes us more ungodly.  These are important concepts because in today’s world it seems that all we do is quarrel.  About sports, politics, and other non important issues.

14Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.

Again starting in verse 22-24 Paul warns us to stay away from those things that we did when we possessed less wisdom.  Instead we should look to those things listed here, righteousness, faith, love and peace.  And whatever you do avoid stupid arguments about stupid topics.  If you want to be known as a servant of God, avoid arguments.

22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

I doubt that you could we one soul to Christ by trying to out argue someone.

November 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment